City mishandling tourism funds

Council is only authorized to hold in-camera meetings under the circumstances set out in Section 90 of the Community Charter.

I just wanted to comment on the completely illegal in-camera council meeting held and the ridiculous motion that was passed to redirect the administration of the hotel tax from the PHA to Penticton Tourism Society.

I had a chance to watch the council session online and was appalled.

Council is only authorized to hold in-camera meetings under the circumstances set out in Section 90 of the Community Charter.  Closed meetings are held to discuss and make decisions on matters pertaining to personnel, land, labour or employment negotiations.

Secondly, I didn’t see the item on the agenda. Unbelievable. How can the city administrator allow such gross negligence amongst council?

Based on the freedom of information act the PHA has the right to pressure council to release the in-camera meeting notes to the public domain. I’m sure council will be extremely embarrassed on just what was said in private?  One leads to believe there is a personal vendetta here.

Craig Brown

Penticton